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  1. Education
  2. Leading individuals

Blake Morgan LLP’s ‘professional, organised and supportive’ team acts for a wide range of schools, colleges and higher education (HE) institutions. Key names include Mike Wilson, Elizabeth Davis and Sheilah Mackie. Alison Talbot joined Penningtons Manches LLP in 2016.

Daff Richardson’s team at Penningtons Manches LLP was bolstered with the arrival of Alison Talbot in 2016. It has notable expertise in the HE sector, where it acts for clients including several Oxford colleges and Oxford University Press. The group advised the latter on a joint venture with AQA to provide international GCSE and A-level qualifications to schools outside of the UK. Senior associate Gemma Woodhouse is a specialist in the independent schools sector.

At Clarkslegal LLP, senior consultant Kirstin Parker leads the team, which includes construction expert David Rintoul and employment specialist Michael Sippitt. Clients include Carillion Academies Trust and the University of Reading.

Simon Bellm and Tina George are the key names at DMH Stallard LLP. The group is advising Lancing College on a s106 agreement pertaining to the development of a mixed-use school building.

Emily Brown leads the team at Birkett Long LLP, which represents schools, nurseries, colleges, universities and individuals on a range of matters, including school attendance and employment.

Blandy & Blandy LLP’s ‘very good’ team is headed by the ‘experiencedNick Burrows. Clients include the University of Reading and Reading Blue Coat School.


Index of tables

  1. Health
  2. Leading individuals

Healthcare powerhouse Blake Morgan LLP is well known for its work for NHS bodies, but is increasingly advising private healthcare providers bidding for NHS contracts. Bruce Potter leads the sizeable team, which includes procurement specialist Jason Richards, Stephen Tainsh, Alison Patten-Hall, Mary Chant and Susie Dryden. Gayle Curry is leading a team assisting Ramsay Health Care with its bid to design, build and operate a private hospital on an NHS site.

At Birkett Long LLP, practice head Tracey Dickens is ‘very professional’ and has notable expertise acting for GP partnerships and care homes.

John Sheath heads the practice at Brachers and is highly regarded for representing clients at inquests. Ash Jilani is leading the group’s work for primary care providers. The team also routinely advises NHS trusts on employment, procurement and property matters.

Cripps LLP bolstered its primary care capability with the recruitment of Justin Cumberlege. The firm remains a key name for transactions of pharmacy and dental businesses, and regularly assists Day Lewis with buying and selling pharmacies. Nick Austen is recommended for his ‘sensible and commercial approach’.

Moore Blatch LLP combines health expertise with experience in the community care field. Paula Barnes is heavily involved in deprivation of liberty cases and challenging refusals of medical care.

Clarkslegal LLP assists its NHS client base with procurement, employment, corporate governance and contractual matters. Rachel Krol is a key name.

Local government

Index of tables

  1. Local government
  2. Leading individuals

In an illustration of its leisure-sector experience, Blake Morgan LLP’s practice assisted the London Borough of Merton with the procurement process for a wet and dry leisure centre in Morden. The ‘extremely knowledgeablePenny Rinta-Suksi leads the ‘proactive’ team.

Led by Miles Paffard, Cripps LLP provides ‘prompt, clear and succinct advice’ to local authority clients including Slough Borough Council and Crawley Borough Council.

DMH Stallard LLP’s team is led by Tina George and is best known for its real estate expertise. Heidi Copland handles s106 agreements for clients including the London Borough of Enfield and Crawley Borough Council. Employment specialist Simon Bellm is another name to note.

Clarkslegal LLP has notable expertise on key strategic projects across the South East and Wales, while also handling procurement, employment and pensions matters. Senior consultant Kirstin Parker heads the public sector team, which acts for clients including Royal Berkshire Fire Authority and Bath and North East Somerset Council.

EMW Law LLP regularly advises local authorities on real estate development matters. David Danskin assisted the London Borough of Brent with the sale of a site for development. Giles Ferin joined Sherrards Solicitors LLP in January 2016.

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